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Southend United have confirmed the signing of Josh Coulson and Jack Bridge as boss, Phil Brown continues his rebuilding programme at Roots Hall Stadium.
Coulson links up with the club from local rivals, Leyton Orient. The 32-year-old made 124 appearances during a four-year stint with the East Londoners. Previously, the experienced defender turned out 269 times for Cambridge United, the player having won promotion from the Vanarama National League with both clubs.
“I won the league a couple of years ago with Justin Edinburgh at Leyton Orient and through the play-offs at Cambridge, so I’ve got a bit of experience and I look to bring that,” Coulson explained.
“Hopefully that helps the team be successful.
“I met the manager at the training ground and we spoke about what he’s looking to do and it’s very much what I like to be part of.
“He likes his older players to lead by example so I’m looking forward to that.”
“I don’t think you can shy away from the target. We’ll have that on our back because of the size of the club.
“It feels like a fresh start for the club and with the gaffer coming in towards the end of last season, unfortunately, it was a bit too late to stay up.
“It’s going to be a tough season, but it will be good to see some fans back in the stadiums as well.”
Midfielder, Bridge returns to Southend following spells at Northampton Town, Carlisle United, Concord Rangers and most recently, Bromley.
The 25-year-old made eleven appearances during his first spell with the Blues. On completing the move he enthused: “It’s my home club, I’ve been here for years before, still live around the corner and talking to the people here, it was something I was really excited about.
“It’s a club that is really close to me. I’ve been here since U9’s to the age of 21 before leaving. There was a chance of me coming back last season but this time it feels right and I’m looking forward to getting started.”